Inquiring Consumer Archive: April, 2011

New fear-mongering on debit-card fees?

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Remember the old joke about the definition of chutzpah, a Yiddish word that's basically gall-in-extreme? The story is that a young man murders... Read more

Debit fees: 'Just take the banana'

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While the nation worries about important stuff like wars, joblessness, and, um, Obama's birth certificate, what should Congress worry about?... Read more

Leaf and Volt get high marks in crash tests

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No single factor determines how well a car will protect its occupants if the worst happens. Smart engineering and design can make a smaller... Read more

Acai Berry fake-news websites: Exposed

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If you surf the Web, you've probably encountered the ubiquitous fake-news websites that promote "Acai Berry" diet products, posing as news... Read more

The 'so-called' Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

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The new CFPB survived the latest budget deal, though Democrats agreed that it would be subjected to two annual audits, according to the "On... Read more

CU: Loss of T-Mobile would cost consumers

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Like many of us, Consumers Unions has been skeptical from the start about the wisdom of allowing AT&T to swallow up T-Mobile, reducing... Read more

What to do if you've been phished

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Today's Tech Life column offered five suggestions for avoiding phishing - or at least for avoiding getting hooked by the scammers who try to... Read more